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From NY to Costa Rica

by Ebony Morris

Last Updated on September 11, 2013 by

Hello there! My name is Ebony, and I’m studying abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica this Fall.

I know what you’re thinking- this girl is crazy! Has she been our of the country before? Does she know what’s she’s in for? How did she pack 4 months of clothes into 1 suitcase? Well as I sit here, pouring rain outside my window, the night before my flight, I can answer all of these questions for you and more.

For starters, I have traveled internationally, but Costa Rica is a new country for me! I’ve never been, and honestly don’t know much about the country itself outside of all the internet and travel guides. Do I know what I’m in for? Well…where there’s a will, there’s a way! And I’ve had my mind set on studying abroad for a long, long time. I’ve equipped myself with a camera, umbrella, and a dream, so I think I can take anything that’ll come my way. And I hope to drop some helpful tips for future reference. Here are a few pre-flight ones I’ve come up with so far:

1. Order all of your prescription medicine EARLY. Too early, even. As long as it’s in the system. You’ll most likely still run into problems but at least it’s not your fault.

2. Pack creatively!  Some people roll their clothes up as tight as they can, others vacuum seal them. One thing I can assure you- it’s not easy.

3. Check and double check your flight confirmations online! I tried to do online check in and found a lot of my info needed to be filled in personally. Also, there’s a chance you can get a great seat at the last minute!

OH and as for how my personal packing experience went….well….


Thanks for the help mom!

thanks for the help mom!


4. It’s totally not against the rules to ask for help. Moms are awesome at this stuff!


¡Hasta Luego!


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